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Stanley James Croall

3 October, 194619 September, 2020

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Stan at the Riverview Health Centre on September 19 at the age of 73 years.

Stan grew up in Winnipeg and graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1969 as an Electrical Engineer. He worked for 24 years at Ontario Hydro. In 1994, he returned to Winnipeg where he was employed by Centra Gas and Manitoba Hydro. Stan was an analytical “out of the box” thinker and was always looking for new ways to approach problems. He was a kind and gentle man with a great sense of humour. Stan was very active in community organizations such as Friendship Force Manitoba, Grands ’n' More, and the Leisure Cycling Group. He also initiated the PAL Pedallers cycle group. More recently, he enjoyed participating in the Corydon walking group. Stan loved nature and animals. He spent many hours helping Fay with their perennial flower beds and ponds.

Family was most important to Stan. He helped Stuart and Alison maintain their houses and in the process taught them both many valuable skills.

More recently Stan (Gramps) had the great joy of playing with and watching his four grandchildren grow and develop.

Stan was predeceased by his parents John Alexander and Roberta Violet. He will be lovingly remembered by his best friend and wife of 51 years Fay, his children Stuart Croall (Sherri), Alison Skopalek (Jiri), and grandchildren Tommy, Bennett, Simon and Frances. He will also be missed by his sisters Lorrie Pismenny of Winnipeg and Joanne Andrusiak (George) of Ottawa and by his nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.

A private family gathering will be held.

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Laura-Lee Andrusiak

30 September 2020

Dear Auntie Fay, Stuart, Alison and family,

I will miss Uncle Stan so much. He was such a kind, loving, funny man that made my childhood and adulthood wonderful. I have so many dear memories of holidays and summer vacations spent together in Ottawa, Toronto and Winnipeg. I remember the time when we were visiting you in Winnipeg and James was playing with the hex bug that you gave him. Uncle Stan must have told James at least 3 times not to let the bug go under the refrigerator. When James did lose it under the fridge, Uncle Stan just shook his head and obligingly moved the refrigerator. That was just how he was; patient and kind (and very understanding with grandsons the same age!). I remember when you visited Ottawa last time and he was teasing us (gently) about the problems with our O-train. His quiet sense of humour was superb. I remember how he would happy sit with me watching the birds out the window of your house, or how he would happily stroke his cats, or how he'd play dog toys with Lucky. His love for animals is endearing. There is no one like Uncle Stan. My life is forever enriched by his presence - Love always, Laura-Lee

Allan Jones

29 September 2020

Dear Fay and Family: Please accept my sincere sympathy and condolences at Stan's passing. While I have been out of touch for some time, I was nevertheless very sorry to hear about Stan. He and I shared his 24 years at Ontario Hydro, sitting back-to-back most of the time, while sharing our very similar backgrounds. I have many memories of the two of us talking about our various tasks, with each of us benefiting from the other's ideas. I remember being able to step in, when Stan was away from the office, and to provide a contribution to resolving the question raised by our supervisors. And I certainly remember, when Stan had made his decision to return to Winnipeg, that I had to promise him that I would not submit an application for the job in Winnipeg!
"May the storms of life be gentle showers, and the light of God's love shine brightly upon your pathway, always."

Allan Jones

Stacey and Shaun Sass

28 September 2020

We are very sad to hear of Uncle Stan’s passing. I remember when the family decided to move to Winnipeg. I was so excited to have my cousins close by! Uncle Stan came to look at houses and I remember him sitting at our kitchen table and I was trying to convince him to move close by! We enjoyed many family dinners together. Uncle Stan always had a nice welcoming smile and we always knew there would be some great pictures after as he silently went around capturing the moments. He loved to spend time with the kids, showing them how different toys worked he had every answer for all of their questions. He was always there to help with anything anyone needed. He even came along a few times to look at a few houses Shaun and I wanted to buy to check out the electrical.
We will miss you Uncle Stan, you will always be in our hearts!
Love Stacey, Shaun and family

Joanne Andrusiak

28 September 2020

George and I will always miss Stan. He was my older brother and his passing has left a huge hole in my heart.

I remember him as a kid. How he hated peas, enjoyed Cub Scouts, made models, found far away radio stations, and even then, loved his bike.

Then there are all the memories of Christmas Eves spent putting toys together, filling stockings, snowmen and snowballs , and partying . Or an Easter morning when the dog ate the chocolate eggs. And Stan floating in an inner tube in the pool with Lucky on his lap. Thanksgiving feasts and fireworks, and lost girls on the canal. The list is long.

I remember when my girls thought Stan was Santa Claus. Same initials, big tummy , beard, happy, and always tired Christmas morning. But they changed their minds when he voted against opening one present on Christmas Eve!

And David will always think of Stan and trains, building , visiting, buying , and talking trains.

But my overriding memory is of someone who never yelled or fought or said nasty things. He was thoughtful, smart, loyal, a problem solver, a listener, and an all round great person. Rest In Peace , brother, Love, Joanne

Colleen & Rodney Bowden

27 September 2020

We were so sorry to hear Uncle Stan passed away. What we remember most of the visits we had with Stan was how involved he was with the grandkids. In his quiet way, he would unobtrusively play, listen, and always be around showing them how much they mattered to him. He never hesitated to help anyone that needed his skills. We will always be grateful for his willingness to film our wedding and go the extra mile in making an edited video of the full day. Of course Uncle Stan would take such pride as to make sure it was a professional job! He will be missed but never forgotten. We send our prayers to those closest to him in this difficult time.

Jerry Johnstone

27 September 2020

Hello Fay,

I am so sad to hear that Stan has passed away. My condolences to you and your family. I was a member of the PAL Pedallers Cycling group for a number of years under Stan's leadership. We all enjoyed following Stan as he led us around the south end of the City, often using short cuts he had discovered. I am proud to say that I carried on Stan's legacy with PAL and the group is still cycling. We all miss Stan and have spoken of him often.

Jerry Johnstone on behalf of the PAL Pedallers Cycling Group

Shirley Twerdun

26 September 2020

Fay, I was so sorry to hear of Stan's passing. My sincere condolences to you and your family. Stan was a great President of Friendship Force Manitoba, and a wonderful friend. He will long be remembered.

Carol De baets

26 September 2020

My sincere condolences to The Croall family. I met Stan and Fay through Friendship Force and learned that it was his daughter Alison who I was fortunate to have as my next door neighbor when she and her family moved next door! A beautiful family who lost a wonderful dad!! My heart goes out to all of you! May your precious memories ease your pain. Carol De Baets

June & Brian Sprott

26 September 2020

Hello Fay,
We are so sorry to read of Stan's passing.
Always enjoyed our visits with you and Stan at all our meetings.

"Wherever a beautiful soul has been . . .
there is a trail of beautiful memories".

Sending our sympathy,
Hugs, Brian and June Sprott

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